Hope everyone had a fun weekend! I definitely enjoyed mine getting together with my boyfriend and my family for my cousin’s birthday. We ended up venturing into Manhattan and it’s been great seeing the city come alive again. Looking forward to many excursions like this.
For this week’s Goodreads Monday I’m going to be highlighting “Chain of Iron” by Cassandra Clare. For those of you who might not know what Goodreads Monday is, it is weekly meme where anyone can choose to highlight a book from their Goodreads TBR and was originally created by Lauren’s Page Turners
Cordelia Carstairs seems to have everything she ever wanted. She’s engaged to marry James Herondale, the boy she has loved since childhood. She has a new life in London with her best friend Lucie Herondale and James’s charming companions, the Merry Thieves. She is about to be reunited with her beloved father. And she bears the sword Cortana, a legendary hero’s blade.
But the truth is far grimmer. James and Cordelia’s marriage is a lie, arranged to save Cordelia’s reputation. James is in love with the mysterious Grace Blackthorn whose brother, Jesse, died years ago in a terrible accident. Cortana burns Cordelia’s hand when she touches it, while her father has grown bitter and angry. And a serial murderer is targeting the Shadowhunters of London, killing under cover of darkness, then vanishing without a trace.
Together with the Merry Thieves, Cordelia, James, and Lucie must follow the trail of the knife-wielding killer through the city’s most dangerous streets. All the while, each is keeping a shocking secret: Lucie, that she plans to raise Jesse from the dead; Cordelia, that she has sworn a dangerous oath of loyalty to a mysterious power; and James, that he is being drawn further each night into the dark web of his grandfather, the arch-demon Belial. And that he himself may be the killer they seek (Goodreads, 2021).
I’m highlighting “Chain of Iron” this week, because it is next on my TBR. I read “Chain of Gold” last year and loved it so much that I ordered the Litjoy special edition of “Chain of Iron”. The entire Last Hours series is in a way a spin off of Cassandra Clare’s The Infernal Devices, which is my favorite out of her works. The Last Hours takes place in the Edwardian Era so aside from the characters I’m loving the atmosphere and also the descriptions of clothes and activities. Though obviously set much later in time the books give me a bit of Jane Austen vibes.
I decided to re-read “Chain of Gold” because it has been a year since I read the story and I wanted it to be fresh in my mind for when I pick up “Chain of Iron”. I’m still loving the story and can’t wait to dive into the sequel.
Are you a fan of period stories with a fantasy elements? Have you read anything by Cassandra Clare before?